Solar sails returning to Memorial Park

June 16th, 2011

Towards the end of 2010 a number of large steel columns were added to the playground in Memorial Park, and then solar sails were stretched between them, helping to shade the children, and keep the playground equipment cool.

Although they were taken away for the winter (a smart move considering how much snow we received here in Grass Valley), the City of Grass Valley confirms that they’ll be returning as soon as they can schedule the work.

Fast, cold, swollen South Yuba River

June 14th, 2011

NOAA have been warning about the warm temperatures melting the snow leading to increased run off, swollen rivers, and cold water temperatures.

On Saturday the South Yuba river at Bridgeport was definitely deeper, faster and colder than is normal at this time of year.

South Yuba River at Bridgeport

South Yuba River at Bridgeport

Although the air temperature was warm only a few hardy souls braved the icy waters, and those that did soon returned to the limited beach area.

Empire Mine Magenta Drain Project

June 6th, 2011

As part of the Magenta Drain clean up project the Empire Mine State Park is constructing a Passive Water Treatment System to remove the pollutants from Magenta Drain.

Instead of constructing a regular water treatment facility with buildings and holding tanks this passive system will be a series of ponds and wetlands that will remove the metals and contaminants from the water.

The polluted water from Magenta Drain will be extracted from the water course, be pumped up to the wetlands, flow through the facility, and then be returned to the water course just below the extraction point.

At the current time the construction site is an unwelcome addition to what is usually a pleasant drive through the Empire Mine State Park, but the end result should be worth it. It’ll also be nice to remove the polluted water that currently flows through Memorial Park in Grass Valley.

Wet and Wild Wine Trail

May 31st, 2011

Luckily the wines were better than the weather for the Sierra Vintners Wine Trail over the weekend of May 28th and 29th. Ominously the weather forecast had worsened the previous week and it was right on the mark as showers at Saturday lunchtime turned to downpours by 4pm!

Sunday was a better day, with a few showers at noon, clearing to an afternoon of sunshine, albeit with a sneaky cool breeze. Those who visited the Lucchesi vineyard on Sunday were treated to a grand view of the rolling foothills dappled with spots of sunshine under a threatening sky.

The weather might have put off a few people, but those who did brave the elements were treated to some excellent wines, some very pleasant food pairings, and some really awesome discounts on local wines (50% off at some wineries!).

Most of the wineries stated that business had not been brisk, but that it was steady over the 2 days.

South Yuba River State Park to close

May 13th, 2011

Due to budget cuts approved by the California legislature, 70 state parks will close, starting in September 2011. The South Yuba River state park is one of the 70 parks that will be closed.

news release